Multiple stressors on the ocean, including overfishing, marine pollution and climate change, are threatening life under water as well as on land, but global efforts to protect the ocean are underway.Read news - ‘Unprecedented’ pressure on ocean triggers debate on new solutions
A Commonwealth book series about sustainable energy is now available online with limited print editions, for school-aged children to learn more about how energy systems work, their role in people’s daily lives and why the transition to low carbon solutions is important.Read news - Children’s books offer first step to energy literacy
19 May 2022
Venue: AD10, Kigali Conference Centre, Kigali, Rwanda
Date: 11h30 – 12h15 Local Time (GMT+2), Thursday, 19 May 2022
Date: 11h30 – 12h15 Local Time (GMT+2), Thursday, 19 May 2022
Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has called for the international community to prioritise funding for ocean action, to address challenges such as rapidly depleting fish stocks, dangerous levels of plastic pollution and disappearing coral reefs.Read news - Secretary-General urges more support for “undervalued” ocean
A recent scoping mission to Antigua and Barbuda will advance plans to establish a Centre of Excellence for Oceanography and the Blue Economy (COBE) for the Caribbean region.Read news - Commonwealth supports Caribbean blue economy ambitions
The Commonwealth Secretariat is seeking to engage a qualified consultant to revise (and develop as required) a report on consolidated ocean actions by Commonwealth countries and Blue Charter Action Groups.
The Commonwealth Secretariat is seeking to engage a qualified Contractor to deliver remote training to Commonwealth country officials, providing an introduction to Ocean acidification, its impacts on marine assets, and possible policy responses.
Yesterday, The Commonwealth Secretariat welcomed representatives from High Commissions across London for an open day showcasing the Trade, Oceans and Natural Resources Directorate (TONR).Read news - Commonwealth welcomes High Commissions to Marlborough House for ‘Trade, Oceans and Natural Resources’ Open day
7 March 2022 to 7 March 2022
The Commonwealth Secretariat is organising a webinar to celebrate and share the achievements of women ocean experts and champions across the Commonwealth region.
The Commonwealth Secretariat has deployed a regional climate finance adviser to focus on mobilising funds for renewable energy and sustainable land management projects in the Indo-Pacific region.Read news - New regional adviser deployed to unlock climate finance in Indo-Pacific
The Commonwealth Secretariat and US-based Stimson Center have teamed up to pilot a new process to quickly determine climate vulnerability and risks in coastal communities.Read news - Commonwealth countries pilot new tool to gauge climate and ocean risks
In the south-eastern part of Mozambique, lies the Inhambane region. It is in this paradise-like landscape that young climate leader Razaque Quive is raising awareness of the threats to Mozambique’s marine environment through the Ocean Guardians.Read news - Blog: Training a new generation of ocean guardians in Mozambique
The Commonwealth Secretariat is announcing the appointment of a consortium of experts to advise on ocean-climate finance. Generously supported by the United Kingdom, the appointment is a joint venture of the Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub and the Commonwealth Blue Charter.Read news - New funding for improving access to blue climate finance
A new agreement between the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Arizona State University (ASU) will leverage cutting-edge coral-mapping technology to protect and restore coral reefs in the Commonwealth.Read news - Partnership with Arizona State University will help track climate impact on coral reefs2
31 October 2021 to 12 November 2021
The United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26 was held in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November. At COP26, the Commonwealth Secretariat hosted its first ever Commonwealth Pavilion, to serve as an inclusive and collaborative space for member countries and accredited organisations. Watch highlights and events recordings on our COP26 hub. You can also see what the Commonwealth Secretariat achieved at COP26 on social media by following the hashtag #CommonwealthForClimate.
Powerful satellites orbiting hundreds of miles above Earth are helping some Commonwealth countries save and restore vital mangrove ecosystems while combatting climate change.Read news - How space tech is aiding mangrove conservation in Commonwealth
The governments of Antigua and Barbuda and the United Kingdom have signed a milestone agreement, marking a key step in defining Antigua and Barbuda’s maritime jurisdiction – one of the largest in the Eastern Caribbean - and advancing the development of its blue economy.Read news - Antigua and Barbuda, UK sign maritime boundary agreement
Statement by The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth on the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, released todayRead press release - Statement by Commonwealth Secretary-General on the latest IPCC climate report
To mark the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem on 26 July, the Commonwealth Secretariat is hosting a virtual event to showcase how powerful satellite technology can support the conservation and sustainable management of mangroves in the Commonwealth.
Barbados has announced it is joining Seychelles to co-champion Commonwealth action on marine protected areas, a vital area in promoting ocean conservation and the sustainable blue economy.Read news - Barbados steps forward as Commonwealth co-champion for marine protected areas
Commonwealth member countries are supporting a call to “reset and rebuild” equitable, resilient ocean economies in the wake of the devastating impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.Read news - Commonwealth countries call for a “blue reset” in pandemic’s wake
8 June 2021 to 8 June 2021
This high-level Commonwealth virtual event celebrates World Ocean Day, highlighting how protecting the health of the ocean and coastal communities is critical to national and international economic recovery.
The Second Commonwealth Sustainable Energy Forum concluded today with strong recommendations for member countries to work together to fast-track an inclusive, just and equitable transition to low-carbon energy systems across the Commonwealth.Read news - Commonwealth countries target inclusive shift to clean energy
More than 70 delegates from 16 Caribbean countries joined international partners to discuss financing solutions for climate action on land, and share their experiences in tackling the inter-related challenges of desertification, biodiversity loss and climate change.Read news - Caribbean countries discuss financing for climate action on land
12 May 2021 to 14 May 2021
The Commonwealth recognises the critical importance of sustainable energy to economic development and the imperative to transition to clean forms of energy.